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This Grilled Mussels with Red Onions, Garlic and Basil recipe is from Brazil’s fabulous  Ponta Dos Ganchos.   Chef Luiz Salvajoli shares his unique combination of fresh ingredients in this fabulous mussel dish that takes advantage of the local seafood caught nearby. I love healthy recipes that are easy to prepare, but have a twist. The basil gives the mussels that extra flourish.

Enjoy this wonderful mussel recipe, as well as Chef’s fresh Oysters with Cucumber & Mint Vinaigrette recipe.



8  Fresh Mussels

1 oz White Wine

2 oz Red Onion

2 oz Olive Oil

1 oz Garlic

1 oz Basil


Fresh Ground Black Peppercorns


Cook the mussels in a pan with white wine in it, the pan needs to be covered with a lid the whole time during cooking. Cook until it opens the shell about 5 minutes.Thinly slice red onions, garlic and cut basil into thin strips.

After the mussels are cooked take them out from the shell and clean the barnacles.

Heat a sauté pan with olive oil. Add the mussels, then red onions and garlic. Finish the mussels with basil strips. Season with salt and pepper, if needed. Serve either as an appetizer or main course.


Ponta Dos Ganchos is one of Brazil’s most famous hotels located off the island of Florianopolis, about 45 minutes from Rio de Janeiro. Surrounded by water, this island provides an abundance of fresh seafood. The hotel has extraordinary food and it’s no wonder that it’s listed as one of the “101 Best Hotels in the World” and South America’s “Leading Boutique Hotel.” Don’t forget to try Chef’s Oysters with Cucumber and Mint Vinaigrette recipe as well.

If you don’t have access to fresh mussels where you live, call University Seafood to ship to your door in 24 hours. This family run business just celebrated their 60th anniversary for serving the finest fresh seafood from the Pacific Northwest and around the world.

– The Gourmet Review

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